And they’re off! Chariots of Fire 2018 Launches

Monday the 1st May is the official launch of Chariots of Fire 2018, the region’s largest charity relay race, and this year all sponsorship monies raised will go to this year’s official charity Cambridgeshire Community Foundation (CCF).

This locally based charity is seeking to raise funds for their Cambridgeshire High Sheriff’s Awards which support local young people who face disadvantage.

Many young people in Cambridgeshire face real difficulties because of poor mental health, bereavement, disability and long-term illness. Others have limited support or opportunities to develop, either due to low aspirations or to the limited income levels of their families. The Cambridgeshire High Sheriff’s Awards  provide opportunities for such young people to learn new skills, to develop their character and confidence, and to turn things around so they thrive and are able to make a positive difference to their communities.

“We are thrilled that Cambridgeshire Community Foundation has been selected as the official race charity,” said Dr Andrew Harter CBE, the High Sheriff of Cambridgeshire.  “The support that CCF provides to the High Sheriff Awards is invaluable and makes a real difference to a large number of organisations across the County.  The funds raised through the Chariots of Fire race will directly benefit community and volunteer led projects which engage young people.  Many of these organisations and charities are small, and often find it hard to secure the modest grants and donations that make a disproportionately big difference to them.  Through the generous and tireless fundraising efforts of the hundreds of teams that regularly take part in the annual race, we are hoping to increase the number of projects that receive High Sheriff Awards this year, resulting in a positive and lasting impact for the County.”

Race Trustee, Colin Jones said “We are delighted that this year’s beneficiary of Chariots of Fire will be the Cambridgeshire Community Foundation, who are focused on helping smaller charities within Cambridgeshire.  In particular the Cambridgeshire High Sheriff’s Awards, which are made to support smaller charities that are helping young people in need.”

“Every year the race never fails to deliver and this year we aim to continue the tradition of making Chariots of Fire the signature event for the Cambridge Community and its runners. With an anticipated 400 teams assembling on the day we are really pleased to once again see local businesses, universities and college communities come together and raise money for this deserving cause.“